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Choosing an Appropriate Sized Cage for your Guinea Pigs

** All of this information is based off personal experience, local vets, facebook groups and online sources. I use all types of cages recommended here at Lower Mainland Critter Sitter for guinea pig and rabbit boarding! **


It is best to start out with the biggest cage you can accommodate, it will likely save you money in the long run.

As your guinea pigs get older they will require more space - especially when you received them as a baby.

If you are looking for a cheaper option or simply would enjoy a second-hand cage, an excellent place to look would be on Facebook marketplace, Craigslist, Kijiji, or your local rescue.


Store-bought Cages

Unfortunately, most of the cages that are available in pet stores and are encouraged by the employees are under the minimum recommendation of space to give your guinea pigs.

If you already have a cage that isn't the ideal size for a long term cage - don't fret - you still have options!

You can use it as a quarantine space when you adopt a new friend, or have a sick pig who needs to be separated from others.


Minimum Cage Size

The first step of finding the best cage for you and your furry friends is to take a quick peek at this chart of standards to help find the most appropriate size for the number of guinea pigs you are looking to house. The more pigs you have, the more space they will require.

*It is also important to note you should have as many hideouts, food bowls, water bottles, and toys as to avoid any fighting or one of them stopping the other one from eating or drinking*

Depending on your results, your options may be limited. In my personal opinion, if you are housing more than two guinea pigs together, I would recommend building your own cage because there is not likely a premade cage that would fit three or more comfortably.


Cage recommendations attached below with pictures and personal reviews


I recommend getting the basic one without the divider panel, that way they have more unbroken space to run around and do zoomies.


Pros

  • Easy to break down and store & takes up minimal space if unused.

  • One cage is large enough to house two females comfortably

  • Can attach another cage onto it to make extra space, which can either be another Midwest or another name brand**

  • They are on the cheaper size

  • Easy to clean

  • Has a lid available - especially great if you have any other animals

  • If needed, they can be stacked on top of each other (I personally don't recommend this, but if space is tight, then it's worth it.)

**In order to attach another cage to the Midwest you just need to turn the metal inside out.**


Cons

  • The bottom is flimsy, so it needs support under the whole cage

  • Can be tough to clean if you don't maintain it regularly

  • Two small for 2 full grown male pigs(my personal opinion)

  • Only comes in one color

I can't give a pros and cons list for the cage as I have never personally used it before, nor have I heard much experience with the cage. It does look similar to the Midwest cage, with the noticeable difference being the color and price. They are within the same price range and comes in two colors, blue and black.







C&C Cages (Cubes and Coroplast cage)

DIY Project - made of metal grids and a plastic base

If located in the US, you can order from Guinea Pigs Cages Store and avoid having to find all the supplies yourself

Requirements

  • metal shelves (can be bought on Amazon or in a local retailer - such as Real Canadian Superstore) *BE SURE THAT THE GRIDS YOU PURCHASE ARE 9X9 TO GUARANTEE YOUR PETS SAFETY - CHECK OUT THE PICTURE BELOW FOR REFERENCE*

  • scissors / Exacto knife

  • coroplast / corrugated plastic or ***alternative base to your cage

  • approx. 1 hour of your time

  • zip ties (optional, but provide extra security)

***If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the corrugated plastic I have heard of folks getting a shower curtain from their local dollar store and attaching that to the bottom of the cage. Another option would be to just skip the plastic base together and put puppy pads down to protect your floors and be extra careful to make sure nothing is seeping through. I would only recommend a lack of plastic base if you have easily cleanable floors, and are using fleece bedding. I'm afraid if you were to be using shavings of any sort it would end up all over the floor.


PROS

  • You can make it as big or as small as you need, including a second level

  • You ALWAYS have the option to change the design if needed

  • One of the best options to give your piggies a large unbroken space to run around in

  • Possibility to build it with storage underneath

  • Can customize the wall heigh - helps contain all bedding and pigs inside

  • The cheapest option for the biggest cage

CONS

  • Can be hard to clean in the crevices of the coroplast

  • The time it takes to build


If you decide to choose this method; check out these few different YouTube videos and get an idea of how to make them.



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